Narito na ang pinakahihintay nating desisyon ng hurado ng diskusyong ito.
– both parties agree that apostasy means “to fall away from the truth or defection from the truth”
– both parties agree that apostasies happened, although complete apostasy is in question
– the distinction between complete and total has not been sufficiently expounded and justified by the affirmative. it is this moderator’s ruling that the two can be used interchangeably, following common usage.
– total/complete apostasy can only be achieved if either “all” the members turn away from the truth or if the supreme leader totally departed from the truth by renouncing the basic doctrines that they used to believe.
– a good amount of evidence was given in support of the view that the catholic church was an apostate church. evidence of apostasy for the eastern orthodox church who, along with the roman catholic church, traces its lineage from the first century church, has not been sufficiently provided. it is therefore doubtful whether all the members of the first century church apostatized, and whether both supreme rulers totally departed from their basic doctrines.
It is by the principle of sufficient reason that this moderator rules that the proposition “The 1st Century Church was completely apostatized” has not been sufficiently supported. The debate is concluded in favor of the negative.
ANG HATOL: Idineklarang panalo sa debateng ito ang kinatawan ng SIMBAHANG KATOLIKO.
additional footnote from the Peanut Gallery as to why the Judge has ruled in favour of the Negative’s (Catholic) position:
it was a very close decision though, had the Affirmative been able to justify the “total/complete” dichotomy or the Negative failed to show the fact that the Orthodox also has direct lineage to the first century church, the affirmative would have won.